Are you unemployed or low-income? Have you been laid off or received a notice of lay-off? If so, you might be eligible for a government funded WIOA grant that can really help you get trained, certified and placed in your new career. There is no cost to you. Let’s see if you are eligible!
With the amount of computer networks doubling every five years, the job demand for Information Technology employees continues to heat up for this high paid career. If you qualify you can use the WIOA grant to get the certifications the employers we work with are seekingasking for|: CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, VMware and more
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Security Analysts is projected to grow by 37 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much greater than average. Cyberseek.org’s supply and demand heat map shows over 300,000 job openings across the United States. Some markets are even better than others. The Tampa/Clearwater/St. Petersburg job market pays well, because it has over 4,000 job opening and the number of certified workers is very low. The cyber-crime epidemic is expected to triple the number of open positions over the next five years. Employers badly need employees who are certified in Security+, CISSP, Certified Security Analyst (CySA), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Cisco CCNA Security
If you have prior management experience, one of the most high demand job opportunities is in project management. In the Tampa/St. Petersburg job market the need is especially high for project managers and pays quite well. The Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most sought after certification for this field. Forbes magazine ranked this certification second for 2019. Other certifications in this field include ITIL, PMI-Agile and Scrum Master
Every year, more businesses are realizing the benefits Business Analysts provide. Because of this, the Business Analyst job market is expected to climb at a rate of 19% over the next 10 years! With that type of growth, businesses are already competing for every Business Analyst they can get and pay good salaries. One of the most significant changes to this field is the need for business intelligence skills, like Excel, SQL, Power BI and Tableau. Businesses now depend on data analysis technologies like Big Data analysis for business growth. With the right certifications, business analysts will get the business intelligence skills they need to advance in their careers.
Responsible administrative assistants perform several administrative jobs and clerical tasks. Duties include providing help to managers and employees, assisting in daily office needs and being responsible for the company’s general administrative duties. The more qualified administrative assistants can make a surprisingly good income if they have the necessary skills. Certifications like Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and QuickBooks can really help to move up in this career.
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It is called the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA or WIOA grant). it is a jobs program. It provides free training grants to aid people get trained, certified and placed in big demand careers such as information technology, cyber-security, business analysis, project management and more. The idea is that there are careers in which there are not enough certified people and there are declining careers in which there are too many people. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) addresses this issue by providing free funding for career training in big demand fields to those who are eligible for this grant. This training is intended to make your resume marketable so you can get a job and get back into the workforce. This is a grant, not a loan. If you are eligible, everything is included, even the exam. The amounts vary by county but can be as high as $10,000 depending where you live.
The WIOA grant is a jobs program so you must choose something where there is a high expectation of employment. Each county has a regionally targeted occupations list (RTOL) to choose from. They want to make sure you select a career that is in high demand. For each authorized occupation, there will be authorized training plans to choose from.
The 3 most typical classes are: Dislocated Worker, Adult Low Income and Youth (18 -25). If you were laid off (or your position was eliminated or you were let go because of a reduction in force) from your last job, terminated, received a notice of layoff or are a military spouse you could be eligible as a Dislocated worker. If you are on Food Stamps or government assistance, or have low income based on last 6 month’s earnings and number of people in your family, then you could be eligible under Adult Low Income. For youths age 18-24, you might be eligible if you are not going to school. You must also be found to be “suitable.” This is not an entitlement. The process is convoluted so it is best to speak with us beforehand to see if you are eligible.
You want a program that can be finished in a short period of time that will raise your marketability enough to help get you a job. We look at the best ways to take advantage of your work history to add a certification that will make you attractive to hiring managers and easier to place. Some career choices are perfect for this: cyber-security, information technology, project management, business analyst, human resources, executive secretaries and administrative assistants etc.
There is no cost to you if you are eligible. No reimbursement or any out of pocket expenses. This is a grant, not a loan. Even the exam(s) are paid for. So what is the catch? We will be working with an extremely bureaucratic government agency. The process is as clear as mud. Many schools are hesitant to work with WIOA if they can avoid it. I highly advise you work with an expert.
Yes! The whole intent of this program is to help you get a job. We have teamed up with a staffing company that has devoted a person to work at our facility exclusively with our clients. She helps with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, interview techniques and most importantly, getting your information in front of hiring managers. We work with over three thousand employers in Central Florida who use us for their training requirements. Many of them recruit from us so we get many job leads that are not available to the general public. Over half the jobs we have helped place people in are not even advertised.
WIOA Grant Expert
I have over 20 years’ experience in higher education. I, too, was laid off from my job several years ago and had difficulty getting employed again because of my age. Thankfully, I was able to get back into the workforce, but this time on the corporate side. Then I learned about the WIOA grant and understood what a godsend this could be for people who lost their jobs or people with a low income. Most schools do not relish working with it becase of all the bureaucratic paperwork. The rules vary from one county to the next and are constantly changing. However, I have always been good at dealing with bureaucratic paperwork. My experience working in colleges gives me an in depth grasp of the many career options and what it takes to get started. I now specialize in assisting veterans, unemployed (and under-employed) people who may be eligible for a government grant that will pay for them to get trained, certified and help them get placed in their career and achieve their goals. Let’s see what you are eligible for!
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